JUNO award winner Gord Grdina has toured throughout the world most notably in the Dan Mangan band, Haram, and the Gordon Grdina Trio. He is an oud player and guitarist who combines rock, jazz, free-improv and Arabic music, who has performed for 15+ years as a member of the Blues Berries throughout BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. His educational performances have introduced thousands of students to established genres of popular music through carefully designed programs including “The History of the Blues,” “Jazz in the Gym,” “A History of Rock and Roll,” “Jazz, Jive, and Wail,” and “Blues Rocks!”
One person, seven guitars and an oud. Gord takes students on an exciting musical, social and geographic journey through the history of guitar music from Arabic, classical, country, blues, jazz, rock and pop styles. Through looping technology, percussion and projections, Gord will accompany himself on several instruments at once while engaging students through listening games and physical activity. Musically you’ll hear everything from traditional Egyptian music to Johnny Cash, and Muddy Waters to AC/DC. Gord has been touring extensively in B.C. with a great response from both elementary and high school audiences, adjusting the show to suit the audience. He is a seasoned educational performer having led the Blues Berries performing in schools throughout Canada for the past 15 years. The virtual format of this show is delivered through a pre-recorded video with a 15-min Q&A via Zoom, Google Meet or Teams (video will be accessible for the duration of the school year).
Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 50-60 mins for live show; 45-min pre-recorded show + 15-min Q&A
Capacity: entire school
”We had the pleasure of seeing you live in Powell River today. My grade 1 students would like to share the following with you: I liked... - the Rock n Roll - the guitars and the drums - Gord's song - the Blues! I liked it when... - we did the actions - my teacher did the Twist! - we shouted THUNDER! -AC/DC!! Hope to see you again!”
—Madame Jessica & James Thomson, grade 1